Pelicans 2022 draft primer |

Thanks to a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2019 that keeps failing, New Orleans will pick eighth overall in Thursday’s 2022 NBA draft despite qualifying for the Western Conference playoffs. The Pelicans are expected to be on the clock less than an hour after the event begins at 7 p.m. Central (ESPN, ABC). will host a draft preview show from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. hosted by Daniel Sallerson and Erin Summers at the Smoothie King Center, which can also be followed live on Twitter. Visit for ongoing coverage throughout the night

New Orleans also owns a pair of second-round picks (Nos. 41 and 52 overall). Here are a few key details fans should know about tonight’s draft:

Timing of Pelicans picks (all times Central, approximate)

Eighth overall win: 7:51 p.m

41. Total pick: 10:21 p.m

52. Total Selection: 10:43 p.m

Note: There are only 58 total picks in the 2022 draft due to a pair of picks being voided. In normal years there are 30 selections in each round, for a total of 60 selections.

Common mock drafts for projected names

A handful of New Orleans players are commonly predicted to be picked at No. 8, such as:

Dyson Daniels, Guard in Australia “Australian playmaker who, like compatriot Josh Giddey, is an above-average passer with vision and a desire to help teammates.”

Ousmane Dieng, France forward “Fascinating winger with great size, shooting potential and fluency on the ball who endured a steep learning curve in his first season outside of France.” “One of the best scorers in the draft thanks to an arsenal of moves and solid midrange play.”

Benedict Mathurin, Arizona guard “A willing shooter who established himself as one of the best shooters in the nation from the get-go.”

Shaedon Sharpe, Warden of Kentucky “Athletic wing that can make a difference on either side with finishes around the perimeter and a reliable jump shot.”

If New Orleans officially picks a player in 8th place, it will be the sixth highest lottery pick in team history. The five players selected by the franchise ahead of the eighth pick are Zion Williamson (#1 in 2019), Anthony Davis (#1 in 2012), Chris Paul (#4 in 2005), Buddy Hield (No. 6 in 2016) and Nerlens Noel (No. 6 in 2013).

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